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AEM Cold Air Intake Adds Estimated 17 HP to 2016 and 2017 Chevrolet Malibu 2.0 Turbo

The Cold Air Intake Kit also accommodates the engine’s factory emissions control devices

The cold air intake kit is comprised of the aluminum intake tube, heat shield, and Dryflow filter

For the 2013 model year, Chevrolet introduced the revised GM LTG engine into the Chevrolet Malibu. The engine is the 3rd Generation of EcoTec motors and the same engine was also utilized in the Cadillac ATS. The four cylinder, all-aluminum engine displaces 2.0 liters with a square bore - stroke configuration of 86 mm to 86 mm. The LTG engine uses a twin-scroll turbocharger to minimize turbo lag, air-to-air intercooler, direct fuel injection along with continuously variable valve timing, a stainless steel exhaust manifold capable of withstanding the 1800°F turbine temperature, forged connecting rods with a drop-forged steel crank, and a rotacast aluminum alloy cylinder head with sodium-filled exhaust valves.

In 2013, the LTG 2.0L engine was launched producing 259 horsepower. However, in 2016, Chevrolet reduced the power rating to 250 horsepower. So owners of 2016 and 2017 Chevrolet Malibu sedans with the 2.0L turbocharged engine are at a 9 horsepower disadvantage to prior model years.

In evaluating the air intake GM installed at the factory, it was clear to AEM engineers there was room for improvement. AEM then developed 21-803C cold air intake system for the LTG engine as installed in the Malibu. The new system generated an estimated 17 horsepower – at the rear wheels. This more than compensates for the 9 horsepower loss for 2016 and 2017 models.

The heat shield and filter are designed to be located in the original air box space

The heat shield isolates the filter from underhood heat, allowing only cold air to flow to the motor

What AEM engineers created was a cold air intake system that relocates the filter to an area of the engine compartment where it’s best able to draw cool outside air. Cooler air carries additional oxygen into the combustion chamber which creates incremental horsepower and torque. And with a turbocharger packing air in even tighter, it makes that much more power.

But that's only part of the power equation. Tuning the inlet pipe in length and diameter helps move more air to the turbocharger. During development, fuel trim monitor correction factors and all OBD II sensors are tested to eliminate leaning out the engine or activating a check engine light.

The AEM 21-803C cold air intake is a relatively inexpensive DIY modification that takes only a couple of hours to install with common hand tools. It comes with the necessary clamps and hardware for an OEM-type appearance. Plus OEM mounting brackets and hardware are utilized for seamless installation with no drilling required.

The filter can be used for up to 100,000 miles before cleaning is needed (depending on conditions)

The 21-2113DK AEM Dryflow air filter is engineered for increased airflow and comes ready to use

The filter itself is a tapered conical 21-2113DK AEM Dryflow non-woven synthetic washable unit which provides outstanding air flow, filtration, and performance. The air intake tube is constructed from mandrel-bent aluminum tubing finished in a durable gunmetal gray powdercoat. Further, this air intake system was designed so that the Malibu engine’s factory emissions control devices including the mass air flow sensor and engine vent lines fit right on.

The AEM air filter is good for 100,000 miles before requiring service (depending upon your driving conditions) so if you drive in dusty conditions, your filter may require more frequent maintenance. Cleaning consists of an application of 1-1000 AEM Synthetic Air Filter Cleaner which will loosen and dissolve grime and dirt build up, after which the filter can simply be rinsed with water and reinstalled once dry. No messy oiling required!

The AEM 21-803C cold air intake is designed and engineered for the following vehicles:

2017 CHEVROLET MALIBU 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 CHEVROLET MALIBU 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models


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An AEM Cold Air Intake System Can Turn the Audi A3 2.0T into a True Sports Sedan

An AEM 21-802C Cold Air Intake boosts horsepower on the 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T

An AEM 21-802C cold air intake boosts horsepower on the 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T

Years ago, Audi was a quirky German automaker that built odd-looking cars nobody seemed to want. They finally figured out how to make attractive cars by the 1990s and have since evolved into a direct competitor for stalwarts like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The Audi A3 has played a key role in their success, as it offers compact luxury car buyers a sophisticated alternative to cars like the Mercedes CLA and BMW 2-Series. To keep it competitive, the Audi A3 2.0T was redesigned for 2015, and now featured crisper lines with bespoke LED lighting, a beautiful new cabin, and a host of cutting edge options. Powering this little Autobahn-stormer is a responsive 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder that belts out 220-horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. That's enough muscle to strike fear into many 3-Series drivers, as the little Audi catapults itself to 60 mph in well under 6-seconds. But if you really want to crank up the power on your 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T or 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro, the AEM 21-802C cold air intake system can add an estimated 14-hp and 10 lb-ft of torque. And it might even save you some money too.

To wring V6 power from the tiny Audi 2.0L TSFI 4-cylinder, a turbo basically crams lots of air into the tiny cylinders, which creates a highly concentrated explosion that releases more energy to turn the crankshaft and propel you down the road. This pressurized air charge is generated by a sophisticated turbocharger that uses the engine's exhaust to spin a turbine blade, which then powers a compressor. As air comes in through the air box, the compressor blades pressurize the air before shooting it into an intercooler to reduce the temperature, thereby increasing the oxygen content to create a more powerful explosion. This system works extremely well, but there are a few flaws in the stock intake system that can actually reduce the amount of power the engine can make.

The AEM DryFlow air filter provides added power & superior engine protection

The AEM DryFlow air filter provides added power and superior engine protection

The first problem that you encounter under the hood of the 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T is the air box. It's designed to pull air into the system and clean it with the OE Audi air filter. Unfortunately, the hole in the air box where the air enters is rather small, which limits the volume of air right off the bat. And that Audi air filter is made from thick paper, so it constricts airflow even further. It also stores all of the dirt it removes between the folds on the surface of the filter itself. This is called 'surface loading', and it will absolutely strangle the airflow as that dirt builds up. The air that does make it through, will then have to bounce its way to the compressor through a plastic intake tube that is full of uneven surfaces and narrow bends. This causes the air to heat up and become turbulent. Obviously, that reduces the oxygen content and overall effectiveness of the intercooler. To address these issues, the AEM 21-802C cold air intake system replaces the stock air box and filter with an oversized DryFlow air filter, surrounded by a powdercoated heat shield that seals against the underside of the hood to prevent warm engine air from entering the system. This allows significantly more air to reach the turbo, and that big AEM air filter is designed to remove up to 99% of contaminants from the air.

Aside from providing superior filtration and airflow, the synthetic DryFlow air filter stores the dirt that it removes, deep inside its web of three dimensional polyester fibers. This is called 'depth loading', and it allows airflow to continue to flow through the filter even as the dirt builds. In fact, it won't have to be cleaned for up to 100,000 miles (depending on road conditions). And it's backed by the AEM Lifetime Limited Warranty, so you won't have to buy any more of those expensive Audi air filters.

Closeup of an AEM 21-802C Cold Air Intake installed on a 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T

Closeup of an AEM 21-802C cold air intake installed on a 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T

Once all the dirt's been removed, the air enters a wide diameter aluminum intake tube for a quick trip to the turbo. Unlike the stock tube, this one has wide-angle bends to reduce air turbulence. The powdercoated aluminum also lowers the air temperature by absorbing heat as the air flows through it. This allows the intercooler to cool the air even further, resulting in a higher oxygen content, and more horsepower.

Aside from providing additional horsepower and superior engine protection, the AEM 21-802C cold air intake system will sharpen the throttle response because all of that power will come in at lower RPMs. So if you're ready to boost the performance of your 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T or 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro, check out the AEM 21-802C cold air intake system.

The AEM 21-802C was engineered to fit the folloiwng vehicles:

2016 AUDI A3 QUATTRO 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 AUDI A3 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 AUDI A3 QUATTRO 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 AUDI A3 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models


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AEM Cold Air Intake Offers Estimated Boost of 7-Horsepower on 2017 Yaris IA and 2016 Scion IA

The AEM 21-804C air intake offers an estimated boost of 7-horsepower.

The AEM 21-804C air intake is engineered for the 2016 Scion IA and 2017 Toyota Yaris IA.

Introduced in 1999, the Toyota Yaris is a subcompact car that comes in four styles –- a 3-door or 5-door hatchback, a 2-door coupe, and a 4-door sedan. The hatchback is derived from the Toyota Vitz and the coupe and hatchback originally was the Toyota Platz.

Scion was a marque of Toyota starting in 2003, but was discontinued in August 2016. The brand offered primarily sports compact vehicles to younger consumers. Introduced in November 2012, the Scion IA is Scion’s first 4-door sedan and is the first and only model not built in Japan. The Scion IA sold 7,605 units in the United States in 2015. After the Scion marque was discontinued, the model was re-branded as the Toyota Yaris IA for the 2017 model year.

A 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 106-horsepower (79 kW) powers the Yaris IA and buyers have a choice of a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Those of you who own a 2016 Scion IA or a 2017 Toyota Yaris IA with the 1.5L engine will be interested in learning that AEM is offering the 21-804C cold air intake that offers an estimated boost of 7-horsepower at 4400 rpm for 2016 Scion IA and 2017 Toyota Yaris IA.

The cold air intake includes the washable and reusable AEM 21-2011DK DryFlow Air Filter, which includes a DRYFLOW® non-woven synthetic media that can be used for up to 100,000 miles before it requires servicing.

The AEM 1-1000 air filter cleaner is specially formulated to cleanse and recharge the DRYFLOW air filter so that it can be used over and over again for the life of the car.

The AEM 21-804C cold air intake system also includes a mandrel-bent aluminum air intake tube that features a gunmetal gray powdercoated finish and that is engineered to integrate with the factory emission control devices including the mass airflow sensor and PCV line.

The system is designed to replace the factory restrictive air filter and air intake housing and the air filter goes into the factory air box. There is also a heat shield to protect the filter from hot air coming from the engine.

The intake installs using common hand tools and it is backed by an AEM Lifetime Limited Warranty.

The AEM 21-804C cold air intake system is engineered to fit the following vehicles:

2017 TOYOTA YARIS IA 1.5L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 SCION IA 1.5L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models

The AEM 21-804C air intake is designed to replace the factory air filter and intake housing.

The AEM 21-804C air intake includes a Dryflow air filter and powder-coated aluminum air intake tube.


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Increase HP and Torque of your Lexus IS200t with this Simple AEM Air Intake System

AEM Dryflow Synthetic Replacement Filters are constructed of multiple layers of filter media

The AEM cold air intake kit is comprised of the aluminum intake tube, connectors, and Dryflow filter

When the IS 200t replaced the IS 250 in the 2015 model year, Lexus swapped out the 204 horsepower V6 of the IS 250 with a more sophisticated and powerful four-cylinder turbocharged engine that develops 241 horsepower. And with a simple, inexpensive and easy to install AEM 22-692C cold air intake, you can add 10 more horsepower at the rear wheels of your 2016 IS 200t.

The Toyota 8AR-FTS 2.0L inline four-cylinder DOHC engine features twin direct and port fuel injection, VVT-iW, and a twin-scroll turbocharger designed in-house by Toyota rather than by an outside supplier. Compressed intake air passes through a liquid-cooled intercooler that lowers intake air temperature before it enters the combustion chamber. On the exit side of the turbo, a variable wastegate valve improves efficiency. The engine is backed by an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission.

With the AEM 22-692C air intake system installed, intake air enters the system through the 28-20452 AEM air filter, which is installed in the original factory air box and replaces the OEM panel air filter.

AEM intakes are designed to reduce intake restriction as they smooth and straighten air flow

The gunmetal gray intake tube complements the appearance of the Lexus engine cover

The AEM Dryflow filter is a washable, non-woven synthetic air filter optimized for the best possible combination of air flow, filtration, and performance. In fact, a Dryflow filter captures potentially harmful contaminants before they reach your engine. AEM Dryflow filters use an innovative high performance engineered material, similar to that used to manufacture surgical masks, that allows for easy cleaning, durable service, and excellent filtration.

Intake air exits the filter and travels through a free-flowing aluminum intake tube that easily connects to your vehicle’s factory air box and engine throttle body to significantly increase air flow into your Lexus engine. With more air flowing through the custom gun metal gray intake tube, the engine develops 10 more horsepower and 8 ft-lbs of torque when measured at the rear wheels. Further, the AEM air intake system accommodates the 8AR-FTS engine’s factory engine breather hose.

Installation of the AEM 22-692C kit should take less than a Saturday morning

Everything needed to install your new AEM kit into your Lexus IS 200t is included in the box

With only eight parts, four of which are clamps, the AEM 22-692C cold air intake is a relatively straightforward DIY modification that takes less than a Saturday morning to install, even for someone with little mechanical experience. Tools required are limited to a screwdriver, pliers, and a ratchet with 8 mm and 10 mm sockets; tools just about everyone has in their garage. The AEM 22-692C utilizes only the factory mounting points, so no drilling is required.

Your AEM 28-20452 panel air filter is also washable and reusable. Cleaning consists of an application of AEM 1-1000 synthetic air filter cleaner, which will loosen and dissolve grime and dirt built up on the filter, after which the filter need only be rinsed with water, dried, and reinstalled.

The AEM 22-692C cold air intake kit is designed for the following vehicles:

2016 LEXUS IS200T 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models


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AEM's Lightweight Cold Air Intake System Adds an Estimated 8 HP To 2016 Mazda MX-5

The AEM kit for the '16 MX-5 was developed with the spirit of the lightweight sports car in mind

The AEM cold air intake kit is comprised of the aluminum intake tube, heat shield and Dryflow filter

The original Miata debuted in 1989 emphasizing lightweight and precise handling over brute horsepower. Mazda sold over 400,000 units of the first generation model and has continued to advance the design while retaining the original concept over the intervening years. And no version has better captured the spirit of the original Miata than the current, fourth generation MX-5, with an almost 50% increase in power yet close to the same weight as the original. It is in the spirit of this groundbreaking MX-5 that AEM has created a very special intake system, 21-786C, exclusively for the MX-5.

In an effort to remain authentic to the original design, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 is four inches shorter and several hundred pounds lighter than its immediate predecessor. The greatest advancement, though, sits under the hood - the SKYACTIV-G 2.0L engine. With an aluminum block and DOHC cylinder head with variable valve timing and direct fuel injection, the SKYACTIV-G (internal code name PE-VPS) produces 155 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. And despite the increase in power, the fourth generation MX-5 delivers improved fuel economy over its immediate predecessor.

Clearly Mazda pulled out all the stops to make the fourth-generation MX-5 a world beater, so it would take an extraordinary effort to improve upon excellence. And that was exactly AEM’s goal in developing the 21-786C performance cold air intake system that adds an estimated eight horsepower at the rear wheels.

The relocated coolant reservoir also helps clean-up underhood appearance

Behind the heat shield is the relocated coolant reservoir which provides extra space for the filter

For this special kit, AEM minimized compromises in some unusual ways. For example, the factory coolant tank was located in the way of the oversized conical air filter AEM engineers had in mind. Instead of rerouting the intake tubing or using a lower capacity filter, either of which would compromise airflow and, as a result, performance, AEM engineers ingeniously developed a relocated aluminum coolant reservoir that’s incorporated into the AEM aluminum heat shield. In addition, the replacement aluminum tank helps provide some additional heat dispersion for the cooling system.

Fresh air enters the system through the factory inlet and is directed to the oversized AEM Dryflow 21-2157DK air filter. The filter is protected from underhood temperatures by the lightweight aluminum heat shield. Exiting the filter, air travels through intake tubing constructed from mandrel-bent aluminum with a durable gunmetal gray powder coat finish. The all-aluminum construction was selected to remain consistent with the lightweight concept of the MX-5.

This air intake system was developed to accommodate the engine’s factory emissions control devices including the mass air flow sensor and PCV hose.

Development of the filter and intake pipe involved developing and testing the system’s interactions with the factory Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to assure it would operate properly and not generate a false “check engine” light. Fittings for both the MAF sensor and PCV hose are attached to the intake tubing.

Development didn’t begin and end on a computer screen. Extensive chassis dynamometer and on-road testing was conducted to confirm both performance and driveability. The end result of AEM's R&D work is a lightweight, functional, easy to install air intake system for the Fourth Generation MX-5 that makes consistent power through the rpm range. In fact, a stock 2016 in AEM’s dyno tests produced 137 horsepower at the rear wheels. With the AEM 21-786C kit installed, powered is increased across the board and with an estimated peak gain of eight horsepower at 4500 rpm. Similar results were observed for torque.

Located at the front of the MX-5 the AEM Cold Air Intake is open to fresh incoming air

The AEM cold air intake system features a smooth, direct pathway for intake air to the engine

Installation of the AEM 21-786C is straightforward and can be completed within an hour and a half with just a few common hand tools. Factory mounting points are utilized so no drilling is required.

Dryflow synthetic air filters require cleaning every 100,000 miles, depending on driving conditions. When used in dusty or off-road environments, the filters will require more frequent attention. It’s recommended that you visually inspect the filter once every 25,000 miles. Should you notice any partial blockage of the filter, it’s time to clean. To do so, remove the filter, spray it with the AEM Dryflow synthetic air filter cleaner, dry, and reinstall. It’s as simple as that.

The AEM 21-786C is designed and engineered to fit the following vehicles:

2016 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models


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Add Estimated 11 Horsepower From Your 2016 VW Passat 1.4L With an AEM Air Intake Kit

The air intake tube is constructed from mandrel-bent poweder-coated aluminum tubing

The over-sized air filter is protected by a heat shield designed to reduce intake air temperature

To the casual observer, the 1.4T badge on the back of a Volkswagen Passat might seem like some sort of industrial-level typographic error. But in fact Volkswagen has long been a leader in turbocharger technology, along with a number of cutting-edge technologies which is exhibited by the introduction of a new, smaller engine from Volkswagen. The EA211 four-cylinder, which features both turbocharging and direct-injection is was added to the Jetta lineup in 2016, giving drivers an additional option to consider from the Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T engine specs and performance.

The 1.4-liter TSI engine in the Jetta can produce up to 150 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 184 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,400 rpm. The turbocharging system offers great boost response thanks to the advanced design of the intake manifold, which allows for the use of just one small, single-scroll compressor. The engine can be paired with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The engine and cylinder head are both cast of aluminum and the cylinder head features four valves per cylinder.

Previously, the Jetta offered both a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine in the S trim and a 1.8L TSI engine in the SE trim. Both of these engines have served the Jetta well, but they are now making way to be replaced by the new 1.4T engine, which when installed in the 2016 Jetta GLI will deliver 150 horsepower.

The AEM Cold Air Intake is a relatively inexpensive DIY modification that installs easily

AEM testing recorded an 11 HP gain over a stock VW 1.4 L turbocharged four-cylinder

Ford offers a similarly-sized 1.5L Ti-VCT GTDI four cylinder engine in its comparably sized and priced Ford Fusion sedan. The big difference is that the Ford motor out-produces the VW engine by an amount greater than can be attributed to the slight increase in displacement: 181 horsepower for the Ford versus 150 horsepower for the VW.

If you’re looking for a way to make up some of those horsepower, consider the AEM 21-797C cold air intake is a relatively inexpensive DIY modification that takes only a couple of hours to install with tools just about everyone has in their garage.

The results of AEM testing are that an otherwise stock 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder 1.4L VW is measured on the chassis dynamometer with a 21-797C installed, output power increased by an estimated 11 horsepower.

With the AEM 21-797C air intake system intake air enters the system through the AEM air filter, which is installed in the original factory air box location and is protected by a heat shield designed to reduce intake air temperature and increase horsepower.

The filter itself is a tapered conical AEM Dryflow synthetic washable air filter which provides outstanding air flow, filtration, and performance.

Installation of the AEM 21-797C kit should take less than a Saturday morning

Everything you need to instake an AEM 21-797C is included in the box

The AEM 21-797C air intake systems come with the necessary boots, clamps, and hardware for an OEM-type appearance. OEM mounting brackets and hardware are utilized for seamless installation. The air intake tube is constructed from mandrel-bent aluminum tubing finished in a durable gunmetal gray powder coat. Further, this air intake system was developed to accommodate the VW engine’s factory emissions control devices including the mass air flow sensor and engine vent lines.

Your AEM Air Filter is good for about 100,000 miles with proper service (depending upon your driving conditions) If you drive in dusty conditions, your filter may require more frequent maintenance. Cleaning consists of an application of AEM synthetic air filter cleaner which will loosen and dissolve grime and dirt built up on the filter, after which the filter can simply be rinsed with water, dried, and reinstalled. No messy oiling required! AEM warrants that its intake systems will last for the life of your vehicle.

The AEM 21-797C is designed to fit the following vehicles:

2016 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 1.4L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models


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AEM Charge Pipe Kit Helps Honda's Turbo 1.5L Engine Breathe More Freely

2016 Honda Civic 1.5L turbo

The 26-3003C charge pipe for the 2016-2017 Honda Civic 1.5T help the motor breathe better

The 2015 and 2016 Honda Civic EX-T and Touring models are powered by one of Honda’s most potent small four-cylinder engines to date. These Civic models move down the road with 174 horsepower from a tiny 1.5 liter engine. Surprisingly, there’s room for improvement. By swapping out the factory intercooler charge pipe with an AEM 26-3003C.

Smooth mandrel shaped bends of the aluminum tube result in improved airflow

This cold side charge pipe has two 1/8 inch NPT ports for you to add auxiliary systems

Officially the L15B7, the engine is manufactured with an aluminum block and a DOHC 16-valve cylinder head with water-cooled exhaust passages cast into the head. Other cylinder head features include direct Injection, Dual VTC (variable valve-timing control), and sodium-cooled exhaust valves. Internal features include cavity-shaped pistons with an optimized skirt design, lightweight steel connecting rods that are heat-forged in one piece for higher strength, and a new grinding process known as plateau honing which further lowers friction levels between pistons and cylinders.

The real key to the 1.5 L engine’s performance is the single-scroll turbocharger that produces 16.5 psi of boost. At that level the motor develops 174 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and torque of 162 lb-ft @ 1800-5500 rpm. As air is compressed, it heats up at the rate of about 10° F for every one PSI of boost. Certainly the engine’s intercooler can shed much of that heat, but typically the intercooler can also pass more air than the capacity of the stock intake tubes.

The AEM 26-3003C intercooler charge pipe kit is a free-flowing, mandrel-bent aluminum tube with a durable gunmetal gray powdercoated finish that is designed to replace the restrictive factory intercooler piping on 2016 - 2017 Honda Civic models with the 1.5L engine. The AEM charge pipe has been engineered to reduce turbocharged air pressure loss common with stock plastic pipes as well as dramatically increase air flow from the turbo to the intercooler.

This cold side charge pipe has two 1/8 inch NPT ports for you to add either a water-methanol injection or a nitrous oxide modification, should you desire to do so.

The AEM 26-3003C intercooler charge pipe kit is a relatively inexpensive modification that you install yourself in only a couple of hours with common hand tools. The kit comes with all the necessary hardware for an OEM-type installation. Plus there’s no drilling required as OEM mounting brackets are utilized for a seamless installation.

For additional horsepower gains and improved engine compartment aesthetics, the AEM 21-798C cold air intake system can be installed into your vehicle as well.

The Intercooler Charge Pipe has been engineered to integrated with the factory intake system

A flexible synthetic rubber fitting connects the intercooler charge pipe to the OEM intake system

AEM warrants that its air intake systems and Dryflow air filters will last for the life of your vehicle.

The AEM 26-3003C is designed and engineered to fit the following vehicles:

2017 HONDA CIVIC 1.5L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 HONDA CIVIC 1.5L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models


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Honda Ridgeline Team Comes Back Tough To Grab 3rd Place Win at the BITD Parker 425

AEM is proud to support the efforts of Honda, HPD, and the Honda Off-Road Racing Team

AEM congratulates the Honda team and is looking for further success in the 2017 off-road season

For those whose familiarity with desert racing is based on events run in Mexico, the team from the Best In The Desert organization run things a little differently. Their Parker 425 course consists of four laps of a loop around 100 miles long. If that sounds like something you could knock off quickly, consider that finishing in under seven hours (much less finishing at all) is a major accomplishment. The Parker 425 runs over a rugged course with wide-ranging conditions, from sand washes and rough rock sections to wide-open well-graded dirt roads.

Coming off its success in SCORE events at the Baja 500 and Baja 1000, the AEM-supported Honda Ridgeline Baja race team opened their 2017 off-road racing season with a strong performance tackling the southwestern Arizona desert. The team took an early lead and then persevered to grab third in the 7200 (unlimited mini- or mid-sized truck) class at the Parker 425.

AEM DryFlow air filters feature a synthetic media and no oiling is required

Two AEM conical DryFlow air filters provide the breathing for the twin-turbo Honda V6 race motor

"We started fourth and quickly made it to the front of our class. Unfortunately, we suffered a drive shaft failure that set us back," said Team Owner/Driver Jeff Proctor. "We continued to battle and make up lost time, even though the course was undeniably rough. Overall, the truck ran strong all day, and we have a podium finish to build upon going into our next race, the Mint 400 in Las Vegas. Our program continues to get stronger and we are looking forward to enhancing our results from last season. Our goal is to add to our SCORE series wins with a victory in the Best In The Desert series."

Powered by a twin-turbocharged 550 HP 3.5L V6 produced by Honda Performance Development, the HR35TT engine uses the same block, cylinder heads, and crankshaft as the production V6 engine that powers the street Ridgeline. A pair of AEM DryFlow conical air filters feed an HPD-designed intake plenum. There’s even a little Formula 1 in this desert fighter: engine management is controlled by a unit from McLaren Applied Technologies.

With clouds of dirt & dust racers drive thru in an off-road race proper filteration is critical

If your engine ingests dirt and sand, your race could be over very soon. AEM keeps Honda in the race

A few more interesting technical tidbits about the racing Ridgeline: it’s fitted with an 84 gallon fuel cell (the fuel alone weighs over 500 lbs.), braking is via six piston calipers on all four corners, shocks that provide 20” of travel front and 32” of travel rear, and the six-speed gearbox that was originally developed for the Australian V8 Supercar series.

The Ridgeline Baja race truck features a carbon-fiber body designed by Honda R&D Americas' Los Angeles Design Studio, based on the design of the current Honda Ridgeline, which was also designed and developed by Honda R&D North Americas. Key design cues drawn from the 2017 Honda Ridgeline are visible in the grille, hood, roof, bed, and side profile.

AEM offers cold air intake systems, short ram intakes, and AEM air filters for many applications. Use the search by vehicle tool to find performance upgrades for your vehicles available from AEM. To find an AEM dealer near you, use the dealer search tool.


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From Track Car to Show Car, This “bugeye” Subaru WRX Will Make Your Head Spin!

Subaru WRX at SEMA 2016

Eric's WRX made an appearance at SEMA 2016

What do you think of when someone tells you they own a Subaru? Do you see a rally car, or soccer-mom wagon? A daily commuter, or a heavily modified track car? In the case of Subarus, all answers are correct. There are so many “types” of Subaru owners out there and styles definitely vary, but they all have one thing in common; they are passionate about performance.

Subaru is a 63-year-old company founded near Tokyo, Japan, in the early 1950s. Subaru started off under their parent company Fuji Heavy, a major manufacturer of aircraft for Japan during World War II. During the late 1940s, a small part of the Fuji Heavy company was involved in scooter manufacturing. In fact, in 1946 the company created the “Fuji Rabbit” scooter with spare aircraft parts from the war! No, the scooter couldn’t fly, but it could top out at 60 mph, which was considered high speed during that time.

2002 Subaru WRX engine shot.

The WRX is equipped with a 2015 Subaru Engine with 2.35L displacement

After WWII, Kenji Kita, CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries, wanted to be involved in auto manufacturing and started working on building a car that would be known internally as the P-1. Kenji wanted to name the car and had his company give their suggestions, but none were to his liking. He eventually decided on a name himself; Subaru, which is the name of the Pleiades star cluster in Japanese. Now you know why Subaru has the stars in their logo!

Subaru has evolved considerably over the years and one of their most loved and popular vehicles is the Subaru Impreza. The Impreza has been around since 1992, but has grown to be one of the go-to vehicles to own for auto-enthusiasts all around the world.

Model Haleigh Ann Graham in Subaru WRX

Model Haleigh Ann Graham takes a moment to pose in Eric's WRX at SEMA 2016

Eric Guerette of Quebec, Canada, is one of those many enthusiasts that cherishes his Subaru like it was a member of the family. Eric has invested over $150,000 into his build and logged over 1,000 hours as well.

So what’s so special about Eric's 2002 WRX? We’ll tell you! Starting with the engine bay, the WRX is equipped with a 2015 Subaru Engine with a custom 2.35L displacement. The engine is armed with 2002 WRX custom machined heads, BC 272 lift cams, Manley pistons, and a GTX35 turbo, all tuned with a Wtech tuner. An AEM intake not only protects, but allows this precious motor to perform at its full potential.

Moving on to the drivetrain, Eric went with a 2006 JDM Subaru SPEC C transmission and driveshaft. Headers and exhaust are made by Perrin Performance and an Optima Battery keeps this Subaru starting every time. Two-piece Rotora brake rotors and dual-piston Rotora calipers also give this WRX the stopping power it needs.

2015 Subaru WRX motor with AEM intake

Eric used AEM’s universal air filters search tool to find a cone filter to fit the intake

The body style is a replica of a Subaru Impreza WRX 2002 WRC and is made of aluminum and fiberglass. A JDM spec C grille leads the way with a custom aluminum hood atop. The classic “bugeye” headlights are JDM version 7 lights and OEM taillights in the rear. Front and rear bumpers are the OEM JDM lip style adding to the great stance of this WRX. Niche Wheels wrapped in Toyo tires put this mean WRX on the road.

Eric used to take this car to the track but now has retired it to shows only. He attends shows all year long and takes home first place trophies regularly. Just last year alone, he took home “Best Subaru” at Importfest, “Best Body” at SCP 2016, and 1st place for 1997-2007 Subarus at Importfest. A few upcoming shows he will be at are Salon de l’auto sport in Quebec as a featured car, Importfest, and the DMCC show series. Eric also has a scheduled shoot with Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (PASMAG).

So when you take a look at Eric’s outstanding Subaru WRX, don’t forget the humble beginnings of the Subaru company in the 1940s and 1950s. It’s amazing how Subaru has evolved from a scooter manufacturer into one of the leading automotive manufacturer’s in the world. Just goes to show, that the smallest inspirational idea can turn into a dream come true.

Rotora brake caliper & rotor subaru wrx

Two-piece Rotora brake rotors and dual-piston Rotora calipers keep this WRX stopping every time

Before and after shot of 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX

Before and after shot of Eric's 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX “bugeye”

2002 Subaru WRX engine shot.

An AEM intake not only protects, but allows this precious motor to perform at its full potential

Side shot of 2002 WRX at SEMA 2016

Just last year alone, Eric took home three first place trophies from various car shows


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Behind the Scenes of the Research and Development Department at AEM

A lot goes into the design and development of AEM cold air intakes systems

A lot goes into the design and development of AEM cold air intakes systems

Do you ever wonder what goes into designing an intake system? Why do some companies offer different styles of intake for the same vehicle? Why did the engineers build a system the way they did? These are just a few of the questions that are asked by enthusiasts like you.

We sat down with the Product Development Manager, George Hsieh, here at AEM Induction to ask these questions and more. We hope this will help people understand just some of what goes into building the great intake systems that you have come to love from AEM. For more information about what AEM makes, visit aemintakes.com.

AEM: Good morning, please tell the readers a little about yourself.

George Hsieh: Good morning, my name is George Hsieh, and I am the AEM product development manager here at AEM

AEM: In your own words, what does AEM Induction make?

GH: AEM Induction makes performance air intake systems, turbo charge pipes, intercoolers, and strut tower bars.

AEM: How do you decide which vehicles to make kits for?

GH: The AEM product development team is made up of car enthusiasts, just like the customers that we make products for. Each one of us comes up with a list of vehicles then the lists get combined and refined based on feasibility. I then study industry data, historic sales data, and competitor products if available to put the final list together.

AEM: What goes into designing, engineering, and building a complete intake system from start to finish?

Here is an example of a 3D computer model that is made during the design process of a build

Here is an example of a 3D computer model that is made during the design process of a build

GH: Most of the time a project starts with us physically having the vehicle in the shop, sometimes we will start with vehicle CAD data. But either way, we will study the space available to us and the geometry of the factory air intake to come up with design concepts. From this point on, we’ll digitize the engine bay or transfer the CAD data into our computer to start the design process. Then we will move on to prototyping and testing/validation. Once finalized we work with manufacturing to create work instructions before the product goes into production.

AEM: How long does that process typically take?

GH: The R&D process takes 2-3 weeks.

AEM: What types of modeling programs or systems do you use during prototyping?

GH: We use Solidworks for design and simulation.

AEM: What considerations do you have to take into account during the design and engineering process?

GH: Function/performance, styling, ease of installation, cost/price, and manufacturing lead time.

AEM: For the 2011-2014 Ford Mustang, you offer several different intake systems. Why are there different versions of intakes for the same car?

GH: The major difference between the 2 versions of intakes is one retains the factory air box while the other one provides an enclosed performance air box. The intake that retains the factory air box keeps the factory hydrocarbon absorber intact so it can be granted an E.O by the California Air Resource Board.

AEM: Are there any special design elements or features used in this intake in particular?

GH: On the 21-8122 and 21-8123 intake system, the enclosed air box is CAD designed and simulated in CFD to ensure laminar air flow around the oval conical air filter. This not only increases air flow, it allows the filter to utilize 100% of the surface area and promote uniform dust loading. The air box interfaces with the factory pressurized fresh air duct to take advantage of the pressurized air flow into the air box as the vehicle picks up speed.

AEM: What makes this intake different/better than all the others?

Thanks to extensive design and development, the AEM 21-8122DC looks and performs better than stock

Thanks to extensive design and development, the AEM 21-8122DC looks and performs better than stock

GH: The above and the “no compromises” attitude is what separates AEM from the competition. The result is a consistent gain over stock with estimated gains on this kit of 8 horsepower and 10 ft-lb of torque, with the hood closed, which simulates the real world driving conditions.

There you have it. A lot goes into making the intakes that will help your car breathe better and make more power. And that is just the beginning. From there the kit has to go into production and be manufactured. So next time you pop the hood of your car and see that cold air intake sitting in there, maybe you’ll have a little better idea of what exactly went into building it. If you don’t have a cold air intake yet, visit aemintakes.com to see all the great products we make for your vehicle.


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